I am a big fan of twitter (random question: Should twitter be capitalized? It's not in the logo, but...). I love being able to check in with people I think are awesome and sort of be in the beat of the kidlit industry.
But I’m having a concern, and I wanted to see how other people handle this.
So, I don’t auto-follow. But since I’m a bit of a people-pleaser, I have angst about it. I feel bad. I get all excited when someone follows me, and then I spend five to ten minutes (per person. O.o) trying to decide whether to follow them back or not.
And I have gotten more stingy with my follows. I’m currently following 877 people. But often, when I only have ten or fifteen minutes to check twitter, I’m really interested in a select few. My crit partners, agents I like, my favorite authors, etc. Not that I don’t value everyone’s tweets, but the more people I add, the harder I have to work to check on my “regulars.”
Now, I know that I can make lists, and that there are twitter clients what help organize feeds, etc. But I still don’t have internet at home, and mostly check twitter on my phone, so those things don’t really help too much.
So, I really have two (multi-layered) questions for you. First, do you auto-follow? Why or why not? If you do, how do you keep track of your “regulars”? And second, if you use a twitter client (hoot suite, tweetdeck, etc.), which one do you use, and why do you like it?